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Women's World Chess Championship Round 4 Tie-breaks

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Women's World Chess Championship Round 4 Game 2 Results

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Anna Ushenina knocked out Nadezhda Kosintseva, the last Russian in the championship

Stefanova - Sebag: 1-0, a hard-fought game where Black missed a perpetual and got outplayed
Huang Qian - Ju Wenjun: 1/2-1/2, quick draw
Ushenina - Kosintseva N: 1-0, another convincing win by the Ukrainian player
Dronavalli - Zhao Xue: 1/2-1/2, Zhao Xue blundered a perpetual being 3 pawns up

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Women's World Chess Championship Round 4 Game 2

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Flipping through the old pages

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By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of Pogonina.com

I love reading old chess magazines, ranging from archaic to the ones that were released 5-10 years ago. They tell us about promising chess stars who have a bright future. Some of them have eventually become top grandmasters, while others are members of the inactive club and haven't reached any great heights. Some of the people who were, let's say, #10 in a certain junior championship, are now rated 2700+, while the champion is no longer playing. What happened? How are they doing now?
 

At some point there were two world champions and the strongest chess player in the world. So many discussions and negotiations have been held over where to play, whom to play, why to play, for how much. Fortunately, now there is only one chess king. Oh, sorry, there is also the #1-rated player...
 

Olympic records. 100 teams. 120 teams. Now we have over 150. Progress! Meanwhile, chess was expected to become part of the Olympics in the beginning of the third millenium. Then in 2008. Are we there yet?
 

People were arguing whether computers will ever be able to play on par with humans. Many respondents were saying no or expecting it to happen much later. One person mentioned an amusing argument: if the vendors were confident in their machines, they would install special chess game machines in casinos. The speaker forgot that casinos attrach people who think they are lucky, while no luck will suffice against the modern merciless chess engines...
 

Birthday anniversaries. Some of the heroes of the past have been neglected or have died, others are still with us.
 

Assumed inflation of chess ratings and lack of understanding of the subject. Resentment over the top-100 threshold approaching 2600, while 2600 used to be an elite mark. Now to be in the top-100 one has to be at least 2650+. However, if you take a look at the number of rated players back then and now, you will come to a different conclusions. How many people were playing chess for a living in, for example, 1970? What was the playing strength of grandmasters in the pre-engine era?
 

Financial problems of the Russian Chess Federation. Desperate searches for sponsors. Luckily, there are many of them now. 
 

Analysis with references to opinions of humans. Nowadays people often mention the engine & depth to prove their opinion. Most elegant moves can be found by anybody, as long as he has a powerful PC and the top software.
 

Articles about playing chess by e-mail, using ICQ and Skype, registering at chess portals. Some of the playing zones have perished (FIDE zone, Kasparov Chess Club), but new leaders have emerged - Chess.com, ChessCube and the like.
 

Striking asexuality.  Paraphrasing a well-known expression about the USSR, we can say that there is no sex in chess. But wouldn't it be nice to take a look at photo sessions of attractive female chess players? For example, when I was the editor-in-chief of the "Debate in the CIS" magazine, we used to have a special section featuring images of "debate sex symbols", both female and male. Some of the significant others of those "sex symbols" had been threatening to  commit physical violence against me, but at least it was fun. Why not try this idea in chess? GM Kevin Spraggett doesn't limit himself to chess players only.
 

P.S. Recently an old friend of mine mentioned that he had given away at leasy 50 issues of chess magazines to his former coach. "Maybe I shouldn't have done that?!" - he wondered. "If it took you so long to realize it, then maybe someone else needs tham more than you?" - I replied.
 

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Women's World Chess Championship Round 4 Game 1 Results

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Marie Sebag was the only player to score in Game 1

Marie Sebag - Antoaneta Stefanova 1-0
Ju Wenjun - Huan Qian 1/2-1/2
Nadezhda Kosintseva - Anna Ushenina 1/2-1/2
Zhao Xue - Harika Dronavalli 1/2-1/2

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Women's World Chess Championship Round 4 Game 1

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Women's World Chess Championship Round 3 Tie-breaks - Results

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Nadezhda Kosintseva defeated her sister Tatiana Kosintseva and is now the only Russian player remaining in the WWCC


Results of Round 3 tie-breaks:

Ju Wenjun (2501), CHN - Natalia Zhukova (2451), UKR: 1.5-0.5
Nadezhda Kosintseva (2539), RUS - Tatiana Kosintseva (2515), RUS: 2.5-1.5
Irina Krush (2470), USA - Huang Qian (2465), CHN: 0.5-1.5

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Women's World Chess Championship Round 3 Tie-breaks

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Chess Tactics

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Andreikin (2723) - Bocharov (2514), rapid chess, 2012
White to move

White has a remarkable combination at his disposal. It didn't happen in the game. Will you be able to find it?

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Women's World Chess Championship Round 3 Game 2 Results

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Kosintseva sisters are fighting for real, but their match is a tie so far

A few more players are out, including Natalia Pogonina:

Stefanova - Socko 1-0 (2-0)
Zhukova - Ju Wenjun 1-0 (1-1)
Pogonina - Ushenina 1/2-1/2 (0.5-1.5)
Zhao Xue - Muzychuk M 1-0 (1.5-0.5)
Dronavalli - Javakhishvili 1-0 (1.5-0.5)
Kosintseva N - Kosintseva T 0.5-0.5 (1-1)
Krush - Huang Qian 0-1 (1-1)
Sebag - Galliamova 1-0 (2-0)

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